|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1906|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1962|
John McCuish, Ex-Governor, Dies Unexpectedly at Home. John B. McCuish, former governor of Kansas and prominent in Republican politics for more than a quarter century, died unexpectedly early today at his home, 5 Circle Drive. He was 55.
Death was attributed to a stroke. He died before a physician arrived.
Mr. McCuish also was an independent oil operator and for the past several years had devoted his time to those interests.
Mr. McCuish became governor in the move that sent Gov. Fred Hall to the Kansas Supreme Court. He was serving as lieutenant governor when Hall, also a Republican, resigned 11 days before his term expired in January, 1957, to accept the court appointment. The appointment came about when Chief Justice William Smith, then ill, resigned, Mr. McCuish who stepped up to the governorship after Hall resigned, then named Hall to the bench. The Newtonian served as governor until Democrat George Docking was sworn in.
Mr. McCuish, who served one term as lieutenant governor, was defeated for re-election during the 1956 campaign that saw the Democrats sweep several state offices. It was his last bid for public office. Starting at the precinct level, Mr. McCuish rose to a number of influential positions in the Republican party. He served as Harvey County central committee chairman for several years, was the first chairman of the Kansas Commission of Revenue and Taxation, served as treasurer of the Republican state committee two terms, and was a delegate to the party's national conventions in 1936 and 1948. One of the early supporters of Dwight Eisenhower for the presidency, Mr. McCuish was director of the Eisenhower for president campaign in Kansas in 1952.
He was born June 22, 1906 at Leadville, Colo., the son of Dr. John B. and Anna McCuish. His father was a Presbyterian minister. He had lived in Newton for 52 years, his parents having moved here from Denver when he was an infant. He graduated from Newton High School and attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Mo., and Washburn University in Topeka.
Mr. McCuish was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge, and Newton Masonic Lodge. He was a combat infantryman in World War II, serving in the European Theater. Following the war he spent 90 days in Japan on a War Department assignment supervising the establishment of the first weekly newspapers in smaller cities. Its purpose was to spur the growth of democracy in Japan. He was the only American newsman on the mission. He returned from Japan in July, 1950.
A one-time employee of the Newton Kansan, Mr. McCuish later purchased a weekly newspaper at Hillsboro and formerly published the Harvey County News. He sold the News several years ago to devote full time to his oil interest.
Survivors include his widow, the former Cora Hedrick, two sisters, Mrs. Theodore (Helen) Oltman of Riley, Kans., and Anna Margaret McCuish of Tucson, Ariz.
Services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Floyd E. Kaiser will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Moody - Petersen Funeral Home prior to the services. The casket will not be opened at the church. The family suggest that contributions be given to the heart fund.
John Berridge McCuish (1858 - 1915)
Anna Hulburn McCuish (1867 - 1916)
Cora E. Hedrick McCuish (1905 - 1997)
John Berridge McCuish (1906 - 1962)
Anna Margaret McCuish (1909 - 1980)*
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Record added: Nov 01, 2002
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